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Lasers and Integrated Optics M ENG5298

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will provide students with a foundation in integrated optics and semiconductor lasers. Topics will include: solutions to the wave equation in semiconductor & planar waveguide structures; the operation of semiconductor lasers; materials used in semiconductor lasers; semiconductor lasers for specific applications; fabrication of semiconductor lasers and integrated optic devices.


2 lectures per week.


1 laboratory class of 3 hours

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





75% Written Assignment, including Essay (Technical essays)

25% Report (Lab report)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide a firm foundation in the theory of guided wave optics and semiconductor lasers;

■ identify linkages between material properties and the performance of semiconductor lasers; and

■ explain how semiconductor lasers and integrated photonic circuits are designed for specific applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ explain the operation of semiconductor lasers, including basic concepts such as stimulated emission;

■ use analytic and numerical approaches to find solutions in semiconductor and planar dielectric structures;

■ relate the performance of optoelectronics systems to constituent device structures and underlying material physics;

■ design semiconductor lasers for specific applications, including DFB and DBR lasers; and

■ design process flows for fabricating semiconductor lasers and integrated optic devices.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.